Golden State could use any good news they can get. Especially on the injury front.
That news is big man Kevon Looney is set to return to the lineup Monday night against Atlanta after missing 20 games with neuropathy, which effected his hamstrings.
Looney averaged just 6.3 points and 5.2 rebounds a game for the Warriors last season, but that understates his importance to the team. He’s a mobile, active big man who understands the way the Warriors want to move the ball on offense and protect the rim on defense. It was evident in the Finals last June, when the Warriors’ offense just flowed better with him on the court compared to DeMarcus Cousins (Looney had to play through painful injuries to get on the court in that series).
Looney will split time with Willie Cauley-Stein and Omari Spellman along the frontline, and as he gets back into game shape expect Looney to get more and more of those minutes.
LeBron James and Jeff Green were on opposite ends of the spectrum while Cavaliers teammates.
Now, they’re on opposite ends of 2020 NBA All-Star starter voting.
LeBron James (Western Conference frontcourt), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Eastern Conference frontcourt) and Luka Doncic (Western Conference guards) each led their categories in all three voting segments – fans, players and media. LeBron claims the overall crown with the most fan votes.
On the flip side, Green got no player votes, no media votes and just 219 fan votes. Presumably, the Jazz waiving Green last month halted his votes, but that put him last on the complete All-Star starter voting list.
The big winners were the actual All-Star starters:
But now you can see how everyone stacked up with the NBA’s formula – which sums double a player’s rank in fan voting, his rank in player voting and his rank in media voting then divides by four for a “score.” Fan vote serves as tiebreaker.
Here’s every player’s rank in each category (total votes), sorted by score:
Eastern Conference guards
Eastern Conference frontcourt
Western Conference guards
Western Conference frontcourt